March gEneral meeting

  Saturday, March 16, 2024

  10:30 A.M. 

 North University Community Library



san diego county protective services

speaker: tammy burmeister

Ms. Burmeister is currently a Protective Services Supervisor in San Diego County’s Child and Family Well-being Department. She has worked for the county for 34 years in the area of  welfare.

She has a Master’s in Social Work and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Abuse studies. She continues her education by attending ongoing training in the areas of father engagement, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and trends in substance abuse.

As a supervisor of Voluntary Cases and Intensive Family Preservation, Ms. Burmeister has a passion for supporting families in healing from trauma and building lifelong support systems for their ongoing recovery.

Barbara Strugar, Programs Co-VP


february gEneral meeting

  Saturday, February 17, 2024

  10:00 A.M. sharp!

 North University Community Library



aauw fellow presentation

speaker: dr. elisa quiroz 

Dr. Quiroz is a hematologist with a special interest healthcare disparities in malignant hematology. She received her M.D. at Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She subsequently completed her residency training at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan, and sub-specialty training in hematology at Scripps Health in La Jolla, California. She has clinics at Scripps Cancer Center and is a Medical director at San Ysidro Health,
a federally funded health system focused on providing culturally competent, equitable care for southern San Diego county’s underserved Latino population.

Dr. Quiroz has received many awards for her work in the community, including the Public Health Service (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Award in 2016 and the American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowship in 2015. She has also received numerous research awards from the American Society of Hematology for her work in acute leukemia in the Latino population.

january gEneral meeting

  Saturday, January 20, 2024

  10:30 A.M.

 North University Community Library



presence: an island of sanity!

speaker: susan penn

Susan Penn has held many roles in her life, and the thread that runs through them all is a passionate interest in adult development and how best to support others to live their best lives.

Founder of Embold Coaching, Inc., Susan is a certified executive coach of the ICF accredited Strozzi Institute and has certification in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University. With a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology, 8 years in private practice as a therapist, and over 20 years as a leadership development executive within corporate settings, her work embodies a deep understanding of human behavior.

Susan will discuss how presence cultivates an island of sanity in the complex and often challenging times we live in. We’ll consider how presence connects us to ourselves and others, increases our sense of well-being, expands our inner resources and helps heal emotional wounds. We’ll look to the importance of befriending and accepting all our parts in order to live more compassionate and creative lives.


DecemBER gEneral meeting

  Saturday, December 9, 2023

  10:00 A.M.

Home of Olivia Werner




annual branch holiday event


Stephanie Banka “Is Skrybling neuromagic?”  Shamine Linton, founder of Sharia’s Closet

We are having a cookie exchange fundraiser for branch operations. Suggested donation $10. Bring two dozen of your favorites, and go home with an assortment!

We will also hear two presentations:

Stephanie Banka will discuss “Is Skrybling neuromagic?”

As a Reed College alumna Stephanie Banka co-founded Rose Haven, a sanctuary in Portland, Oregon, for homeless and prostituted women.

Stephanie created a jewelry line, ila blu, known for pieces “infused with intention.” Ila blu has been featured and adorned from California to Kingston, Jamaica and beyond. She had the honor of showing at The Golden Door in 2019.

She was the creator of Sol Food, a vegan catering company, and co-developed a vegan curriculum for K-8 education. Her book, “Sol Food Saturdays,” is a testament to her commitment to health-conscious cuisine. She is the current appointed Chief Wellness Advisor for Future Wellness Group in the U.S. and continues to champion for holistic well-being.

Her lifelong passion for journaling started at age 9 and has led to her latest venture, Skrybl. Stephanie invites you to “set your brain free” with the Skrybl method – the alchemical fusion of creativity, wellness and neuroplasticity.

Shamine Linton is founder of Sharia’s Closet. “We provide free, emergency clothing to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship or crisis. We help children attend school with confidence and provide teens or adults with professional attire for interviews or the workplace. We empower members of our community in need by promoting self-esteem and self-identity.” See

Please bring an item of new or gently used clothing to donate. Underwear (new) and socks are needed most.


octoBER gEneral meeting

  Saturday, October 21, 2023

  9:30 A.M.

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library 9005 Aero, Dr., San Diego, CA 92123




rwanda today & female afghan studentS

Program: Bonita Chamberlin; World Traveler and Good Will ambassador

Although a San Diego native, Bonita Chamberlin has lived, worked, and lectured in many countries in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle and Near East.

She holds a doctorate from the Universidad de los Andes in Biological Sciences and is recognized as a specialist in training people in Lesser Developed Countries, working
with diverse cultures and within various political and economic situations.

Having recently spent five weeks in Rwanda and Uganda, Bonita will provide background on the two countries’ physical situation, human environment and modern history, as well as the rise and fall of competing internal forces. She will give us invaluable insights into her personal relationships with the people with whom she has lived and worked.

She will then focus on Rwanda and the Afghan girls who have managed to find refuge and education in Rwanda.

Barbara Strugar, VP Programs, Friend and Admirer of Bonita

SEPTEMBER gEneral meeting

  Sunday, September 10, 2023

  1:30 P.M.

North University Community Library





Program: Meeting our 2023 Tech Trek Girls!

Tech Trek Camp was back LIVE in 2023!

After having to deal with the third computer program in three years, we successfully sent seven 7th grade girls to a LIVE Tech Trek camp at UCSD this year. (Gigantic THANKS to Dr. Mimi Isaac of La Mesa-El Cajon branch, who oversaw all the California camps. When things seemed insurmountable, she simplified them!)

I went to the camp on four mornings to help out in a Forensics class, and I loved it! Especially the day we went to the lower green area where the girls in full white-hooded coverups and protective glasses made blood spatters on a tent’s walls using cow’s blood. They also created artwork painting with the same blood! Studying forensics required using chemistry, biology, zoology, statistics, and math!

This was an incredible experience for 12 and 13-year-olds, who loved “going to college.” Read letters of thanks from our girls, emailed separately, and meet them at this general meeting!

Thanks to all for making this successful TT year possible!

Olivia Werner, Tech Trek Coordinator.



may General meeting

  Saturday, May 20, 2023

  10:00 A.M.

North University Community Library





Program: President-Elect Carole Banka

Dr. Carole Banka received her Ph.D. from the UCSF School of Medicine and did postdoctoral training in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSD and the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute. Her independent research career was launched with the Florence Seibert/Sharon Schuster
Postdoctoral Fellowship from AAUW.

She has held faculty positions at the Scripps Research Institute and the La Jolla Institute for  where she was Director of Women’s Health Research and an Adjunct Faculty Position at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Banka recently retired from the Department of Medicine at UCSD.

Dr. Banka has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the journal Science and has published more than 40 articles, editorials and book chapters. She has received numerous local and national awards for her public speaking in areas of women’s health. Throughout her career her research interests included questions related to women’s health, including heart disease, breast cancer and the biology of estrogen. Her topic, “Healthy Aging: It’s the Little Things…” should be entertaining and enlightening.

Jan Hill & Susan Czertak, Program Co-VPs

APRIL General meeting

  Saturday, April 15, 2023

  11:00 A.M.

  Home of Olivia Werner




Title IX – Then and now

Our speaker, Amber Eckert, is the Title IX coordinator for the Title IX office of San Diego Community College District and supports district-wide Title IX compliance, including the development, implementation, and monitoring of notifications, policies, and procedures to
comply with federal regulations. Specific responsibilities include the prompt, thorough and impartial investigation and timely resolution in compliance with Title IX regulation of all instances of sex/gender discrimination/harassment reported by students, faculty, employees, or third parties.

Prior to joining the San Diego Community College District, Ms. Eckert serve as Vice President of Student Affairs and Compliance at Alliant University; Vice President of Student Affairs at Ashford University; Dean of Student Affairs at The Art Institute of California – San
Diego; Director of Career Services for DeVry University Southern California; and Coordinator of Campus Clubs and Activities at Cal Poly Humboldt. Ms. Eckert holds a
M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA and a B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, CA

Ms. Eckert will address how and why Title IX was initiated, its successes, those areas that still need to be addressed, and the current focus of this law.

Our meeting includes a sandwich lunch!

Lunch details: We are ordering sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s as well as providing a vegetable tray with dip. The best part, a homemade chocolate dessert! Lunch cost is $15 per person.
Your check is your reservation. If attending, please mail your $15 check made out to “Cabrillo-Diego AAUW” to Jan Hill no later than Monday, April 10.

Lyn Kagey, President
Jan Hill & Susan Czertak, Program Co-VPs